So…just a few weeks after stating that not being selected to fight Fermanagh-South Tyrone was a “blessing in disguise”, Michelle Gildernew has generously decided to accept the nomination. This follows a specially convened Selection Convention which had only one purpose…to select Michelle Gildernew.
By any conventional wisdom, the best chance that Sinn Féin have of defending three seats in Fermanagh-South Tyrone is to run two based in Fermanagh and one based in South Tyrone.
It was madness …and a calculated snub to Ms Gildernew (who lost the Westminster seat last year) to select three candidates…all male and all based in Fermanagh.
Adding Ms Gildernew means a four way split in the potential votes …and almost as mad as the original decision.
So Ms Gildernew is doubly blessed.
Not so John Feeley, Sean Lynch and semi-detached Phil Flanagan. Will one step down and take other duties within the Sinn Féin machine…and declare it a “blessing in disguise”.